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Gina K. Lewis

"Gina K. Lewis has taught English as a New Language (ENL) for more than a decade. She has worked with hundreds of children from around the world, many of them refugees. The courageous journeys in this book are based on actual experiences shared with her by her students. Their stories and the extraordinary kindness that she has witnessed in the classroom, inspired her. She has a master’s degree in TESOL and lives in Western New York with her husband and their two sons. "

Author's books

Hello! A Welcoming Story


Meet Habiba, Aleksander, Malee, Elisa, and Dinesh. They have left everything they have ever known and arrived in a classroom in a new country. Meet Grace, Jaylyn, Cameron, Miguel, and Yu. They have never lived anywhere else. Hello! is the journey through the challenges that young refugees must navigate to find a sense of belonging in a new place. Flip it over and this two-books-in one also tells this story through the eyes of the students who receive them in the classroom. In this Welcoming Story, all discover the power of embracing differences. Young refugees have traversed the world, escaped violence, and yet still struggle with the sense of identity forged in the way they dress and the foods they eat. The youngsters in this book encourage each other to be their unique and authentic selves. It is powerful for children to imagine themselves on both sides of this shared experience. It will elicit complex and important conversations with students of any age. Share this diverse book with your children and grandchildren, with your students and their teachers, and with your new neighbors. Experience the joy of feeling accepted and remember the power of Hello!


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